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April 8, 2016

Boston with the Boys - Day Three (Boston Tea Party and Recommendations)

We woke up to another beautiful, sunny morning for our last day in Boston.  Luckily, the wind died down and it ended up being a perfect day to walk around.

I couldn't leave Boston without one more stroll through the Beacon Hill area, so for breakfast I chose a place a few blocks down on Charles Street.

The Paramount - Great place for breakfast in Boston!

Since I read up on The Paramount before our trip, I was eager to stop in for breakfast.  The tiny diner style restaurant definitely lived up to the rave reviews!  Quick service (the line was fast moving) and delicious fresh food!  A perfect place to fill our bellies for a day of sightseeing!

After breakfast, we took a taxi up to the inner harbor to tour the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.  
Boston Tea Party Ships

This was definitely one of my favorite attractions.

Boston Tea Party Museum - A Must See while in Boston!

Boston Tea Party

We took the guided tour which began in the Old South Meeting House.  We didn't know what to expect as we were seated and handed out cards with our 'new names' .

Boston Tea Party Tour - Such a fun and interactive experience!

We were then taken on a journey back in time as live actors reenacted the meeting to fight against unfair taxation.  We were all encouraged to yell out, clap and make discouraging sounds as Samuel Adams addressed the crowd.  

Boston Tea Party Tour with live actors - so much fun!

Then we headed down to tour the authentically restored tea party ships where the the kids were able to throw the tea boxes into the harbor just like the Sons of Liberty did on December 16, 1773. 

Boston Tea Party Ship - the kids loved throwing the tea overboard!


Boston Tea Party Ship tour

Boston Tea Party Ship

Afterward, we headed into the museum where we were able to view one of only two surviving tea chests from the Boston Tea Party and hear the story behind it..  While in the museum, we viewed a short film showing the events that lead up to the American Revolution and wrapped up the tour with some fun exhibits.

The hour long visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum was well worth it.  Not only were we entertained but we got to feel what it was like to witness the events that led up to the American Revolution.  What a wonderful learning experience for the kids...and all of us!

Because it was such a beautiful day, we walked around by the harbor for awhile and then headed back to Faneuil Hall for some lunch.

Boston Street

I hate to do anything too "cliche" when I travel, but we ended up eating in the Faneuil Hall location of Cheers.  The Beacon Hill location (previously known as the Bull and Finch Pub) was where they filmed the exterior shots for the show.  This Faneuil Hall location was added later...

Cheers Boston - Faneuil hall location

My kids of course, had no clue about the show so they were not amused by any of the names on the menu or the cardboard figures outside the restaurant.  What a way to make me feel old...

And that concludes our spring break trip to Boston!  We had such a fabulous time making memories with our kids!

In case you missed my first two days, you can click on the links below:

Here is a quick recap of where we stayed, played and dined...

Stayed:
  • Westin Liberty Hotel
Played:
  • Museum of Science
  • Freedom Trail
  • Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market
  • New England Aquarium
  • Walk through Beacon Hill, Boston Garden, Newbury Street
  • Boston Tea Party Museum
Dined:
  • Clink (breakfast)
  • Paramount (breakfast)
  • Clarke's (lunch)
  • Cheers (lunch)
  • 75 Chestnut Street (dinner)
  • Atlantic Fish (dinner)
  • JP Licks - (ice cream, tea)
Here are a few things we would have done given more time:
  • Taken the kids to the top of the Prudential building for a view of the city
  • Duck Tour of the city - We probably could have squeezed this in on our last morning but we decided to sleep in.  I am sure the kids would have loved this!
  • Boston Sporting Event - It was a bit too early for baseball season and the Boston Bruins (hockey) were not in town the week we went.
  • Museum of Fine Art 
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • The rest of the Freedom Trail ending with a climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument  (Like I said, we only finished 12 of the 17 stops)
Do you have any Boston recommendations?

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6 comments

  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip! Hubby used to travel there quite often on business, but I never went. Have been through however. Laughing over the boys not getting Cheers!

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  2. Oh I havn't been but would love to go and see history. Thanks for taking us on the tour with you. I love it all.

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  4. Happy Sunday Shelley! This is another great post on Beantown! Occasionally, readers will write to me asking for suggestions on what to do in Boston. I will definitely send them over to your posts. Have a gret day!

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  5. Shelley, this must have been a fantastic trip. Love seeing all your photos. We've spent time in Boston on several occasions. I'm ready to return! It's a beautiful city! Thanks for taking us along.

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